Greens candiate Dawn Walker votes at Centaur Primary School.
Greens candiate Dawn Walker votes at Centaur Primary School. Scott Powick

Grassroots campaign underpins Greens success

GREENS candidate Dawn Walker will continue to be a voice in the community, attributing her success at Saturday’s poll to her grassroots campaign.

The Fingal resident and former government advisor, contested the Federal seat of Richmond for a second time on Saturday, securing 17,124 primary votes as of counting on Monday.

The showing represented a swing of 5.93% towards the Greens, despite a boundary redistribution expected to work against the party with the loss of Nimbin.

“We got a positive swing in every single booth from Ballina to Tweed, it is extraordinary,” Ms Walker said.

“Even in Tweed which has always been difficult for us, at West Tweed the figures went from 4% to 12%. The coast also was also really strong for us; Hastings was around 8.4%, Murwillumbah was 11%, so those areas I knew would resonate have responded really well.”

Ms Walker attributed her success to the party’s strong campaign, which included widespread social media use, advertising, volunteers making thousands of phone calls and extensive door-knocking.

“Our campaign reflected how people were feeling,” she said.

“They were obviously really jaded with the two older parties and they felt left out of the political dialogue. We had a very consistent campaigning strategy which was to actually speak to the people of Richmond and they really responded to that and were very keen to speak about their needs and their hopes for the area.”

Mrs Walker, who was today doing “normal family things like planting vegetables and washing the clothes”, said she would maintain her voice in the community.

“I’ll continue to provide a community voice on issues I’m passionate about,” she said, adding the chemical contamination at Gold Coast Airport was her main concern.



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